[vlc-devel] [RFC] [macOS] Remove Growl support for VLC 4.0

Jean-Baptiste Kempf jb at videolan.org
Wed Feb 28 03:04:55 CET 2018

Go for it.

On Wed, 28 Feb 2018, at 02:58, Marvin Scholz wrote:
> Hello,
> I want to propose to remove Growl notification support for VLC 4.0. As
> maybe some of you noticed yesterday, fixing Growl for 3.x was quite an
> amount of work, as Growl has no source tarballs for recent SDK versions.
> There is a very old mercurial repo that was not really maintained at all
> since 2015, and the repository itself is not even easily clone-able
> without some effort. It took me 4 hours to get this fixed for VLC 3.x
> and I can imagine a variety of things I could have improved instead,
> that are more important than notification bubbles.
> The relevance of Growl has faded away, since macOS 10.9 added support
> for macOS native user notifications. Given that VLC 4.0 will target
> macOS 10.10, there will be no macOS version we target that will not have
> the native macOS notifications.
> The notification module already supports native notifications right now,
> so removing Growl will not cause any big functional changes. Of course
> some users will complain, because the benefit that Growl offers is
> flexibility. But IMHO this does not justify to keep a unmaintained
> framework around, especially with the amount of questionable patches we
> need to make it work at all.
> Greetings, Marvin Scholz
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